Pictured her is Castleroche Castle, Northwest of Dundalk, Co Louth.
It was built in 1236 by Rohesia De Verdun from Staffordshire in England. It is strategically positioned on a high limestone outcrop that rises above the lands around it. The castle walls drop app 100 feet on three sides to the rocky ground below.
Rohesia wanted a castle built to fortify the lands obtained by her grandfather, Betrand De Verdun, but her infamous quick temper deterred most architects from coming forward. She then offered her hand in marriage (and thereby a share in her wealth) to the man who would build the castle to her liking. Local legend has it, after their wedding banquet in the newly completed castle, she invited her husband to the bridal suite and urged him to view their estate from the large bedroom window. Taking no chances with the castle’s secrets, she promptly pushed her new husband from the window, where he plummeted towards his death on the craggy rocks below.
Today the murder window, from where he is said to have fallen from, is bricked up.
The site of the castle marked the boundary between the Gaelic province of Ulster and the Anglo-Norman 'Pale' and overlooked an ancient route into what is now south Armagh.
The castle itself comprised a great hall, which may have been up to three storeys high. Access was gained through a gatehouse with two towers. A ditch encloses this side of the castle and there may have been a drawbridge in front of the gatehouse.
For scale, visible in the shot here, the left part of the building is the gatehouse towers. By modern standards these, would be app 8 stories tall, so it is a large and very imposing building.
Built as it is on a rocky cliff, it is visible for many miles in the area.
The castle was finally laid to ruin during the Cromwellian invasion of Ireland in 1641 and has been in ruins ever since. It is open to any members of the public who wish to go in and roam around inside, although not much of the inside remains.
Thanks for looking!
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bukitgolfb301 (39626) 2012-10-13 15:05
Hi dear Noel
Another wonderful image, Noel!
How you can avoid flares in the world!?! In this situation I surely have much flares. You managed some points wisely. Strong sun light is very nicely alocated in the appropriate position. Very well considered and carculated framework. Top quality shot as usual. Thanks for your sharing and have a good Sunady!
Takero from Tokyo
larhrissiHicham (577) 2012-10-17 10:01
Couldn't imagine that the Irish sky could be that blue!!!!
The shot is interesting. Guess a B&W version shall be just fine too.
Thanks for sharing.
delpeoples (56722) 2012-10-17 20:35
Wow, that's a corker of a note, it had me in stitches. That Rohesia was a true, dyed in the wool "rompiscatola", as the Italians would say - a real ballbreaker. And just as your note is fascinating, so too the manner in which you took the photo: shooting into the sun, giving a large foreground to the image and positioning your subject almost in the background on the Rule of Thirds. You did extraordinarily well shooting into the sun like that and still maintaining most of the details. An exquisite contribution and one which has made Rohesia De Verdun my new poster girl for women's Lib.
Miguel82 (27277) 2013-10-21 4:06
Dear Noel, I hope you wear sun glasses in that place, that front face sun is dangerous the cornea
Difficult light that day, a slope and the silouhette of a Gaelic ruins in the bg, I know Dundalk is located at the "boundary" with Northern Ireland. All the best, take care of you, have a nice afternoon and week